With a population of 2,904,021, Kansas is the 34th most populous state out of the 50 states. Wichita is the largest city and Topeka is the capital of Kansas. Area wise Kansas is ranked 15th out of the 50 states.
Education level in Kansas is one of the highest in the United States. Recently an investment of $100 million was made by Kansas to increase the capacity of many colleges. The graduation rate of Kansas is way above the average rate of the country.
GDP wise is ranked in the 32nd position in the USA. The total GDP of Kansas was estimated to be $122.7 billion back in 2008. The unemployment rate of Kansas was 6.4% back in January 2010. According to a 2008 survey, Kansas‘s per capita income was $35,103.
The production plays a vital part in the economy of Kansas and it is the 8th biggest state in oil production in the whole country. Also in natural gas production, Kansas is ranked 8th. Other than oil and natural gas production, limestone, salt and gypsum are the main minerals produced in Kansas.
Another major factor which influences the economy of Kansas is the aerospace industry. Wichita’s manufacturing industries provide a large number of aircraft manufacturing facilities. In wholesale and trade industries, Kansas is ranked 2nd. The cost of living in Kansas is below the national’s average and the reason of such low living cost is the affordability of housing in the state.
In agriculture, Kansas is the 2nd largest producer of beef cattle and also a producer of cotton, hogs and soybeans. Overall Kansas is ranked 7th in the agricultural production. Kansas is the largest producer of wheat and almost 15% of the nations’ crops are produced in Kansas.